Sunday, May 15, 2016

Well. Didn't See That Coming...

Ending migration right now so we had no idea what we might find today. Our first bird at dawn was a second year Brown Thrasher. They breed here but are still pretty secretive in the area.

Brown Thrasher

Things quickly grew quiet but Christine came down to announce that she had a bird in Net 2. At first she thought it might be a Common Yellowthroat but changed her mind and that it should be given a closer look. Once we did...hmmmm. Turned out to be a new bird for us. Last week we had male Connecticut Warblers and this was our first ever female.

Connecticut Warbler

Then we returned to normal by catching local birds. This female Northern Cardinal was a new capture but definitely breeding now. That squint shows how mean she was. "Give me one chance..."

Northern Cardinal

Later we caught a male Northern Cardinal who resides just down the lanes. We later recaptured another that has a territory near the end of the lanes.

Northern Cardinal

Yet another female Connecticut Warbler was captured in Net 17. Wow. Again, it was 10 years ago that we captured this species at Wekiwa Springs and it was at the exact same time of year.

Connecticut Warbler

The next check of nets began and Phyllis called that we might like a photo op of a turtle. We thought it was in the river but this girl was up on the net lane. A Florida Cooter (Pseudemys floridans) climbed all the way up on our side to find a nice spot to lay eggs.

Florida Cooter

We were briefly distracted by calls overhead as a pair of Swallow-tailed Kites sailed high in the sky.

Swallow-tailed Kite

Meanwhile, the Cooter moved directly in our path to Net 4 and began to dig holes to deposit her eggs.

Florida Cooter

On closer inspection, she actually had three holes working. Later, Phyllis noticed eggs in the holes.

Florida Cooter

Our photo efforts had to end since we suddenly had some birds in Net 11. A pair of Tufted Titmice. One recaptured adult that we first banded as a young bird last year was the first to be processed. She was still growing in her brood patch and looking all scruffy.

Tufted Titmouse

Think birds aren't dinosaurs? Just look at those awesome talons on Titmice!

Tufted Titmouse

Next up was the other Tufted Titmouse. A baby who was full of attitude.

Tufted Titmouse

Just after being banding it demanded to be released.

Tufted Titmouse

Then relented to be photographed for a more respectful pose. We released the pair together by the river. Mom went one way and the chick the other. Mom called for her child and they soon reunited a few feet away before getting back with the flock.

Tufted Titmouse

Two weeks to go in Session 8. Will most likely be filled with local breeding birds but you never know...
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Next (planned) Banding Day: Sunday, May 22nd.
All nets will be opened by 6:00 A.M.

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